Prisoners at Abu Ghraib have renewed allegations of terrible conditions and allege their new captors the Iraqis are once again torturing them while
many are further complaining about diet changes. Other complaints range from those of overcrowded/filthy conditions, no TV, no air-conditioning, no
Red Cross visits, just to name a few. These new complaints come just one short week after Iraq had resumed control of the prison.
The notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad is at the centre of fresh abuse allegations just a week after it was handed over to Iraqi authorities, with
claims that inmates are being tortured by their new captors.
Staff at the jail say the Iraqi authorities have moved dozens of terrorist suspects into Abu Ghraib from the controversial Interior Ministry detention
centre in Jadriyah, where United States troops last year discovered 169 prisoners who had been tortured and starved.
An independent witness who went into Abu Ghraib this week told The Sunday Telegraph that screams were coming from the cell blocks housing the
terrorist suspects. Prisoners released from the jail this week spoke of routine torture of terrorism suspects and on Wednesday, 27 prisoners were
hanged in the first mass execution since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime.
Conditions in the rest of the jail were grim, with an overwhelming stench of excrement, prisoners crammed into cells for all but 20 minutes a day,
food rations cut to just rice and water and no air conditioning.
Some of the small number of prisoners who remained in the jail after the Americans left said they had pleaded to go with their departing captors,
rather than be left in the hands of Iraqi guards.
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I see this as kind of a good news bad news scenario here.
The bad news is Iraqis are torturing their own, but the good news is now the prisoners are saying they were treated better by Americans, which is
contrary to what many human rights activists have been saying.
That means that those that are released will probably pass along the good to their fellow citizens who in turn may take on a better view then they
have now, which hopefully could end the war sooner.
[edit on 9/11/2006 by shots]